Steve's Sideboard

TAMING MATERIALS COSTS
One woodworker's solution for minimizing expenses.

SHOP OWNER: Stephen Yale
LOCATION: Southport, CT

    I built this sideboard from some 2x4s and the slats from my grandson's crib. I wanted to construct a piece for minimal cost by using existing material. I dimensioned the 2x4s by first ripping them to size on the tablesaw and then running them through the surface planer. The slats from the crib, which I would use for the top of the sideboard, also went through the surface planer to square them up and remove the finish.
Steve's Sideboard

    All of the joints are mortise and tenon. I had just purchased a new hollow chisel mortising machine and this provided a good chance to try it out. The unit has forty-two mortise and tenon joints and the mortiser works great.
Steve's Sideboard

    The shelves are birch-veneered plywood set into a 1/4" rabbet. Because of the mortise and tenon joints, assembly was easy. I stained the unit with Minwax cherry stain and then sealed with Minwax wipe-on polyurethane. As the photos show, it now sits in our hallway.

. . . Stephen Yale


 
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